Melbourne music & arts festival, Sugar Mountain, is pleased to present Potluck – the debut Sydney solo exhibition of artist and illustrator Karan Singh.
Potluck is an exploration into the visual language and symbology of superstition. Singh brings together a collection of brightly coloured limited edition giclee prints adorned with luck-based gestures, objects and icons.
According to Singh,
‘Superstition is something that has been an inherent part of my life, growing up in an Indian household. Whilst I myself am not overtly superstitious, there are still beliefs I grew up with, which out of habit I find hard to dismiss. This led to an interest in how simple beliefs become a necessity.’
Souvenirs are enshrined, numbers are immortalised and mascots are worshiped. While on one level, a colourful homage to superstition, the works also allude to the banality of these same subjects. Singh highlights their glory as well as our reliance upon them, and seeks to identify how our investment in superstitious symbology can alter their significance and our perceptions of safety and prosperity.
These superstitions which encompass our lives reflect our desire for security and certainty, however, despite our best efforts it’s down to potluck.
Karan Singh is an Australian artist living in Tokyo. While he studied interaction design at the University of Sydney and Malmö University, the self-taught artist has focused on visual arts for the past nine years, drawing inspiration from graphic design sensibilities and op-art minimalism. His bold and vibrant work is a constant exploration of minimalism, focusing on depth, dimension and movement through reduced
palettes, patterns and repetition.
Opening Reception: Wednesday October 19th [6-9pm].
Closing Reception: Thursday October 20th [11am-4pm] + Artist Discussion with Ritual & Ceremony
115-119 Regent St,
Chippendale NSW 2008